This is what happened when I was stalked by Rick Klugman via the internet. He’s a commercial truck driver in Pennsylvania. This story continues in a couple of other posts. Updates have been added to this post about he and his cohort, Kelley Spartiatis.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, you might find this information helpful.
In November of 2016, an acquaintance on Quora (a social media platform), Rick Klugman, a man of 61, began to stalk, threaten, and harass me.
Last year a friend of his, Kelley Spartiatis, another user of the platform, decided she didn’t like me, so this man decided he didn’t like me, either. Wait, it gets better. Or worse, depending on your point of view. They proceeded to trash me online, and I had to appeal to the moderators to get them to stop. Which they did, for several months.
Subsequently, there was a failed casual business arrangement between me and another mutual acquaintance of Klugman’s. He got involved in our business on her request. It wasn’t much of a dispute: She was waiting for me to send back a heavy bag of beaded jewelry she’d made, and I wasn’t doing it fast enough. This was his opportunity to harass me, and he made the most of it.
Kelley Spartiatis played her part, and posted that I was a thief and a liar whenever she got the chance. Recently, she’s posted that I’m ‘evil and poisonous’, which I thought was a nice touch of irony.
I’ve written more about her part in this in For Your Eyes Only and Anyone Else Who Sees It on this blog.
All three are rather moronic; Klugman recently answered a question about me despite having a restraining order against him. In a comment he mentions putting his wife’s gun in his mouth should anyone clone me. (This was in the terms of the question.) I’ve copy/pasted all of these comments and answers for future reference for the state of Pennsylvania if they ever want to further details of his behavior.
This man drives a big, big, truck, he’s on meds for being emotionally and mentally disturbed, and has said more than once that he’s suicidal.
When he began to stalk me he sent threatening messages via email and left comments here, on my blog. His nasty, vulgar, threats stained my blog and my emails. Which is the ultimate aim of people like this. To make your life as miserable as theirs is.
Remember I said that. If you refuse to let them make you miserable, they haven’t won.
I couldn’t block him, because he would change his email address every day. His user handles were Your Worst Nightmare, and other similar phrases. The IP address remained the same, which is something else to remember for future reference, should someone try the same thing with you.
I wrote emails to his friend and to his wife, whose email I had after she left a comment on my blog. I asked them to intervene before I had to call the police. This lit a fire under him further. His wife and friend rejected my appeals. His wife told me that is was basically my fault somehow, and that I must have set him off by ‘bragging’ about something. She told me ‘it was my responsibility to get rid of him.’
I kid you not. That’s what she said. She also called it a ‘senior pissing contest’. If he should violate the terms of my protection order and goes to jail, I wonder how she’ll excuse him then? My takeaway from her attitude is that he’s done this more than once, to more than one person, and I’m very happy to be the one to stop him.
I would hope he’s stopped anyway. If I put his name out there, and anyone else is getting harassed or stalked by him, I’d hope they’d take this information to their local police or court.
I called the emergency dispatch number for the police in Warrington, PA where he lives, in Buck’s County. There wasn’t much they could do, but I then called his police department in Warrington. I had spoken to a detective in the Doylestown, PA district attorney’s office, and he’d called the Warrington police, who issued a No Contact order directly to him.
Rick Klugman ignored that, too. He continued to send me threatening messages and stalked me via other sites, and by this time, I had quite a file on him. I had basically given up on the police. I’d written to the chief of the Warrington police twice, I’d emailed Carlisle Carrier Corporation in Mechanicsburg, PA, which is Klugman’s employer. They did nothing.
Here’s the thing: Serial killers, rapists, all kinds of criminals have families. They have wives and children, and a few friends. One serial killer was a well known and trusted member and deacon in his church. And he killed many people in his town over a thirty year period. Basically, Klugman’s wife, two girlfriends, police department, and employer were telling me they don’t believe he’s dangerous. Likewise, the families of serial killers often don’t even know what their fair haired boy is up to nights and weekends.
Klugman is a truck driver. He’s gone for several days a month. He and his wife don’t have an intimate relationship, which I’ve gathered from things he’s shared online. He’s a self-described sociopath with borderline personality disorder, and he’s taken meds for years while driving. He’s said all of this online, and he sent me an email telling me he’s mentally disturbed. But I’m supposed to take it on faith that he won’t follow through on his threats!
How many times have we heard about a killer who turned out to be a truck driver? It’s a job that appeals to the mentally challenged, the emotionally disturbed and unstable, because they can be by themselves most of the time, and be gone before anyone realizes they were there.
A former Secret Service agent, an acquaintance from Quora, told me once that these guys behind their computers are ‘Five feet tall and smell of cheese.‘ Which is a wonderful visual, but it’s not necessarily always true.
On the day he made a direct threat to me, I filed a police report. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did nothing. However, I had the police report for filing in court, which is important.
When I was stalked, I did other things, too:
I filed a report with the FBI; filed a report with the PA Department of Transportation; and filed a report with the Pennsylvania State Police. I’ve also refiled a complaint with them to make sure they know an Extended Protection Order has been filed against Klugman. I think he should lose his job. I don’t want to be on the road with someone like him behind the wheel of a fifty ton truck.
On the advice of an attorney, Will Jennings, I filed for a protection order in the Clark County Justice Court. They were leery about filing it because he lives out of state. If this happens to you, and your stalker is out of state, insist a report gets filed anyway.
Here’s the legal description of the laws he broke according to the Nevada Revised Statutes:
a) Willfully or maliciously engages in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed, or fearful for the immediate safety of a household member, and
b) Actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or fearful for the immediate safety of a household member.
I had a hearing for the TPO, the temporary protection order, to which Klugman had to be served with papers so he could show up and plead his case. Needless to say, he didn’t fly out to Vegas for the hearing.
Don’t pay for a process server. Go with the sheriff. I did both. Neither one could serve him by putting papers in his hand.
Klugman provided me with more evidence by sending me the papers the Las Vegas sheriff had sent him, scrawled all over with hate messages. We’re not dealing with the brightest of perps here, but isn’t that usually the case?
Arrogant and stupid make a deadly combination.
He managed to evade service for months. I had to persevere. I went back to court, had to rewrite and refile the appeal, get him served for a new hearing, which he managed to evade also, and then go back for another hearing.
The second time, the judge granted me an Extended Protection Order. Judges do not grant these lightly, but if the threat is real to you, the threat is real. Simple as that. These protection orders go into a national data base.
Because Klugman never answered his door, and was either working or hiding from the sheriff in Warrington, I sent the protection order service to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. They’re in the county where his employer is located. This sheriff’s department tries until they find the perpetrator. When they couldn’t find him, they asked his employer for his cell phone number, and served him by phone. And done.
If Klugman should violate the protection order by getting in touch with me in any way, I would go to court to ask for a warrant sworn out for his arrest.
If he’s picked up for this warrant, which is nationwide, he would be arrested, brought out to Las Vegas, and thrown in jail. When he posts bail, or whatever they do to get out, he has to find his own way home. His truck will have been impounded and would cost a few thousand dollars to retrieve. I get happy just thinking of it.
I’ve included the specific laws he broke, and why you shouldn’t feel intimidated by police or the courts when filing a complaint against a stalker. Stand strong.
Below is a picture of his parrot and the stalker. That almost sounds like a kid’s story. Why did I have to get an ugly stalker? That isn’t fair.
I ask you?
Okay, that bird’s too good-looking to be him. This is him below. What’d I tell you? That picture’s so small, it looks like the bird pooped him out.
Women need to know what he looks like. Why I don’t know. He’s probably too scared to even talk to women in person, but he’s big and powerful behind the screen.
So, I cut him off at the knees, but he really should get off his butt once in awhile. He could stand to drop a load. A little trucker humor.
What amazes me is that he thinks he’s really so far away. He scoffed at Don, my guy, once. Laughed at the thought of Don ‘beating him up’ if indeed, that was what Don was planning. I do know Don is planning to pay him a friendly visit one day soon. He really, really hates bullies.
More info on stalking and harassment:
Intrastate e-mails that are threatening are prohibited under the laws of the state where they occur. For example, if I lived in Alabama and sent my next door neighbor an e-mail threatening to break his knees if he didn’t take down his purple fence today, I could be arrested by the local police. The jail term varies from state to state.
However. If the e-mails are sent interstate, the FBI gets involved. For example, if I live in Alabama and sent a threatening e-mail to someone in Nevada, it would be a violation of 18 U. S. Code 875(c), and carry a fine of $10,000; imprisonment of 5 years; or both. The FBI would be the arresting agency. And trial would be in Federal Court in Nevada.
Interestingly, most Federal Appeal Courts have ruled that mens rea does not apply. In other words, intent to actually carry out the threat is of no moment.The mere threat is sufficient.
(Don’t ignore or delete messages of those kinds, or assume they’re innocent of harm.)
And if the threatening behavior transpired over the web, text-messaging or a similar service, the harassment may be charged as a category C felony in Las Vegas, which mandates:
- 1 to 5 years imprisonment, and
- maybe a $10,000 fine
Protective Orders; (NRS 200.591)
In many Nevada harassment cases, a judge will also impose either a temporary protective order (TPO) or an extended protective order requiring the suspect to keep away from the “victim” for a predetermined period of time. Deliberately violating one of these orders can carry harsher penalties than the harassment itself:
It’s a gross misdemeanor to intentionally defy a temporary order in Nevada. The punishment includes:
- up to 364 days in jail, and/or
- up to a $2,000 fine
And it’s a category C felony to intentionally break an extended order in Nevada. The punishment includes:
- 1 to 5 years imprisonment, and
- maybe a $10,000 fine
Here’s an excerpt from one of his emails, word for word:
“Have you ever looked up the defintion of sociopath or borderline personality disorder? At least I know I’m nuts. So, what’s next?
Me, I plan on being a pain in your ass for a loooong time to come. That’s your reality, not a threat. You see, you’re fucking with a crazy who enjoys making you see yourself for who you really are. Sociopathic with borderline personality disorder.
Until this stops being fun, you and I are going to be very close.”
Here’s another message. He’s very intent on making this about my ego. Remember what his wife said? These people feel very small inside, and hate people who don’t feel as small as they do. So they will try to cut those ‘others’ down to size. They were no doubt bullied or rejected by a parent or someone. This is by no means the worst message he sent me. They included really nasty stuff about my looks and body and age. Truly a big man:
‘”Did I miss anything? So, let’s recap. everything you’ve attempted to get me fired or arrested has failed. You and your ego will the only one thinking that any of this was important enough. So, in short, that makes you a laughingstock and loser.
See you in hell. I’ll save you a seat only yours will be in the handicap section.”
(This is in reference to the fact that I’m disabled.)
I’ve seen the movies with the pot-bellied loser type, hands dangling between his legs, just barely able to see his smarty pants phone over the bulge of his gut , tap, tap, tapping away at his screen, eyes gleaming with a mad fury, trying to get his target’s attention. I’m not going to ever take it without fighting back.
Most victims know that protective orders and criminal prosecutions are the first line of defense against stalkers. Yet victims have an additional option for bringing stalkers to justice: They can file civil lawsuits against stalkers and third parties who contribute to the crime. Through civil lawsuits, victims may gain financial compensation and the means to hold stalkers liable for their crime.